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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 6, 2013 1:29am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: How long do copyrights for music recordings last in Australia?

Need to know due to the most trivial reason imaginable (really, there's some UK CDs of recordings that are public domain there, and I want to know if they are public domain in Australia too).

Any help would be appreciated.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 6, 2013 2:46pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: How long do copyrights for music recordings last in Australia?

All recordings made in or before 1954 are in the public domain. The term was 50 years from recording or publication if published within 50 years of creation.

For all recordings from 1955 onwards the term is 70 years from creation or 70 years from publication if first published within 70 years of creation.

Publication includes making records, discs, cassettes and offering them for sale. It also includes broadcasting the sounds on radio, television or on a close circuit system to the public or in public.

Australia has a rule-of-the-shorter-term - it is contained in Regulation 5 of the Copyright (International Protections) Regulations. So any UK recording that has entered the public domain in the UK is also public domain in Australia.

Broadcast recording copyrights still lasts for 50 years but there is no copyright in broadcast recordings made before 1 May 1969 when the current Copyright Act came into effect.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2013-01-06 22:46:31

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 6, 2013 8:04pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: How long do copyrights for music recordings last in Australia?

Thanks for the info!